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The Caspian Gates (Warrior of Rome 4) [Kindle Edition]

Harry Sidebottom
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The Caspian Gates is the fourth in Harry Sidebottom's captivating Warrior of Rome Series.



AD262 - the Imperium is in turmoil after the struggle for the throne. Furthermore, Ephesus, Asia's metropolis, lies in ruins, shattered by a mighty earthquake. Its citizens live in fear as the mob overwhelms the city, baying for blood to avenge the gods who have punished them.



Yet an even greater threat to the Empire advances from the North. The barbaric Goth tribes sail towards Ephesus, determined to pillage the city. Only Ballista, Warrior of Rome, knows the ways of the barbarians, and only he can defeat them.



The Goths' appetite for brutality and destruction is limitless and before long Ballista is locked into a deadly bloodfeud, with an enemy that has sworn to destroy him - and the Imperium - at all costs.



Dr Harry Sidebottom is a leading authority on ancient warfare - he applies his knowledge with a spectacular flair for sheer explosive action and knuckle-whitening drama. Fans of Bernard Cornwell will love Sidebottom's recreation of the ancient world.



Praise for Harry Sidebottom:


'Sidebottom's prose blazes with searing scholarship' The Times


'The best sort of red-blooded historical fiction' Andrew Taylor, author of The American Boy



Dr. Harry Sidebottom is Fellow of St Benets Hall, and Lecturer at Lincoln College, Oxford - where he specializes in ancient warfare and classical art.

About the Author

Dr Harry Sidebottom is a Fellow of St Benet's Hall and lecturer at Lincoln College, Oxford - where he specializes in ancient warfare and classical art.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2750 KB
  • Print Length: 452 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141046163
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051UPKNQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,605 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Gem 7 July 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Fans of Roman Historical Fiction will undoubtedly have tried at least one Harry Sidebottom title. They're well written, beautifully researched and have memorable characters who find ways to help keep Rome on top of the world, stamping their own brand of Justice in their size x steel studded caligae.

What unfurls in this title, for me, is Harry's best book to date, from its almost Gemmellesque prologue to its heavy adventure of bloody slaughter as our hero, Ballista, faces the might of the Goths in a no holds barred battle to the death. Back this up with great prose, some deliciously soldierly dialogue and tie it up with an almost mythical reading of pace and you know that it's going to be a book that will be hard to put down. Great stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling reading. 13 Dec 2013
By Trajan
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As with all Harry Sidebottom's previous works his attention to detail, both fact and fictional is beyond reproach, the narrative, albeit not as faced paced as in his previous novels is still full of gritty visceral action, combine this with excellent sub plots ,in-depth characterisations and an innate feeling for the epoch, then you have another Sidebottom winner.
To date I have read all the books in the Warrior of Rome series and enjoyed everyone of them. Highly recommended.
The perfect companion to this excellent work is the ROMA VICTRIX wine beakerCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece 26 July 2011
Format:Hardcover
The fourth Warrior of Rome novel begins with a bang as Ephesus is struck by a mighty earthquake. Not long after the Goths invade and Ballista is involved in the defence of a number of nearby poorly prepared cities. Yet Ballista's past is swift to catch up with him and his new Imperial Mandata sends him to the very edge of the Empire. Confronted with barbarian hordes, a rotten royal family and complex tribal politics, life for Ballista in the fourth book is quite eventful.

As ever the book oozes with detail, historical intricacies and subtle semantics. Yet I found the fourth book to be somewhat slower paced than the previous three. That was probably because the overall theme of the fourth book could be summed up as `travel'. Ballista spends an awful long time travelling to one of the furthest reaches of the Empire. It was therefore necessary for the author to fully describe Ballista's journey in order to give the reader a sense of the scale and monotony that Ballista endured. That being said, the travel passages are beautifully described, you really feel like you are stood on deck with the rest of the familia. In addition, these important plot building passages are not devoid of the occasional action scene.

There are a couple of new characters within the fourth book which inject fresh energy and charisma. Yet all of the old favourites accompany Ballista on his journey. It enabled that sense of family and camaraderie to flourish within the fourth book as it has done in the past three. I love the fact that the author takes his time to build his characters throughout the books. It's such a great and simple technique which allows the reader to remain engaged with the characters as the series progresses.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tepid... 25 Sep 2011
By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have read the author's three previous installments on Ballista. The first (Fire in the East) was superb. The other two, when compared with the first, were somewhat disappointing and didn't live up to the (allegedly very high) expectations that the first volume had created. This is even more the case with the Caspian Gates. On the plus side, the period chosen - the crisis of the 3rd century ib the Roman Empire and its mix of civil wars of barbarian invasions - is original and has even been copied since Sidebottom's first novel. The author's knowledge (he is a historian of the period) ensures that the context of the storytelling and th historical facts are accurate. There are however a few problems, especially with this episode (as with the previous ones, although to a lesser extent)
- one is that a historian, even a good one, does not necessarily make a good writter and story teller. I couldn't help finding that the story was a bit slow going and feeling that the author had been compelled to display his knowledge to try to make up for this. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me
- another problem I had was that his characters, including Ballista himself, did not seem to come alive in this episode, unlike in previous ones
- My third, and last, grip was that this book has been somewhat "oversold". Granted, the prologue is rather exciting (although I wouldn't qualify it as "gemmellesque" as another commentator who got a bit carried away did), but this is hardly enough to make the story into a superb book. "The Times" suggested that this book was "searing". I found it tepid and I am sorry about it. It could have been much better...
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Action, Great History 20 July 2011
By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
So many times i have read reviews for Harry that say..."too detailed".."Too much like a text book" etc...
I have no idea what book it is these people are reading!

While Harry Sidebottom is not your typical swords and sandals writer, his books are full of action pace, great characters and a plot that leaves the reader begging for more.

I struggled to put the book down, had to force it closed at 2am etc.. that for me is the sign of an excellent book.

Ballisata could have been used as a character and kept in the confines of the empire for some more of what we have seen from others, but Harry sidebottom has taken the risk to take him away from the confines of the empire,a nd its life on the fringe of the empire that gives this series its power and energy.

Not only did this book thrill and entertain, but at the end it sets the reader up for the next book, and I'm looking forward to Book 5 so much more than any of the previous 4, for me that shows the improvements this series and this author have shown with each book.

Roll on Book 5 (2 a year Harry???)

Highly recommended

(Parm)

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AD262 - the Imperium is in turmoil after the struggle for the throne. Furthermore, Ephesus, Asia's metropolis, lies in ruins, shattered by a mighty earthquake. Its citizens live in fear as the mob overwhelms the city, baying for blood to avenge the gods who have punished them.

Yet an even greater threat to the Empire advances from the North. The barbaric Goth tribes sail towards Ephesus, determined to pillage the city. Only Ballista, Warrior of Rome, knows the ways of the barbarians, and only he can defeat them.

The Goths' appetite for brutality and destruction is limitless and before long Ballista is locked into a deadly bloodfeud, with an enemy that has sworn to destroy him - and the Imperium - at all costs.
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Have read the other books in this series - very compelling. The Caspian Gates is one of the best in the series thus far. Read more
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I bought this for my husband. He is a huge fan of Roman history and literature and really enjoyed this book. Harry Sidebottom at his best - again!
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